Odhikar’s Annual Human Rights Report 2018

09/08/2019
Our Movement

Odhikar has been diligently monitoring the human rights situation in Bangladesh since 1994, in order to promote and protect civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Bangladeshi citizens and to report on violations and defend the victims. Odhikar, being an organisation of human rights defenders in Bangladesh, has always been consistent in creating mass awareness of human rights by several means, including reporting violations perpetrated by the State and advocacy and campaign to ensure civil and political rights of citizens. Odhikar unconditionally stands by the victims of oppression and maintains no prejudice with regard to their political leanings or ideological orientation. The Organisation firmly believes that all victims of human rights violations are in dire need of protection and deserve justice. Thus, it advocates for establishing protection and justice for victims of human rights abuses.

Odhikar consistently monitors the human rights situation of Bangladesh and releases a status report every month. The annual report of 2018 is the outcome of a compilation and analysis of the monthly human rights situation monitoring reports, published every month in 2018. These were produced based on Odhikar’s own fact finding, data collection and reports sent by associated local human rights defenders across the country; and information and statistics published in different media. While carrying out human rights related activities, Odhikar has been facing severe repression and harassment by the government since 2013. The Organisation has nevertheless released this annual human rights report of 2018, in accordance with international standards, despite the persecution and continuous harassment and threats to its existence. The key strengths of Odhikar are the human rights defenders associated with it across the country and human rights organisations around the world.

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